S5 / S6 Business Studies

S5/6 BUSINESS STUDIES

Accounting Higher
Administration and IT Higher
Administration and IT National 5
Business Management Higher
Business Management National 5

ACCOUNTING HIGHER

General

Accounting is a key function in all organisations. Without effective accounting procedures and accountants to provide timely and relevant information to management, organisations will perform less successfully than they otherwise might.

The course aims to enable pupils to:

• understand the importance of accounting in industry and society
• develop accuracy in the preparation, presentation, interpretation and analysis of accounting information, and apply a systematic approach to solving financial problems
• apply accounting concepts and techniques in the preparation of financial information
• develop an understanding of the range of sources of finance available to organisations, and of the circumstances in which these sources might be used

H Grade Accounting is particularly relevant for those intending to take any business-related course at College or University. It is also useful for those who may be employed in or who aim to start up a small business.

Preferred Entry Requirements

The course is available as a crash for highly motivated S6 pupils – those interested in this option should consult with Mrs Crichton.

Course Structure and Content

The course is comprised of 2 units:

Financial Accounting

This unit enables students to prepare manufacturing accounts and detailed final accounts of sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Management Accounting

This unit covers cost statements and budgets and the use of accounting packages.

Nature and Timing of Assessment

Both units are made up of several sub-sections which are assessed upon completion of each.

External Assessment

One written paper - 2 ½ hours
Section A - Financial (100 marks)
Section B - Management (100 marks)

ADMINISTRATION AND IT HIGHER

General

Administration is a growing sector which cuts across the entire economy and offers wide-ranging employment opportunities. Furthermore, administration and IT skills have extensive application not only in employment but also in other walks of life.

This course is designed for those who are interested in the management aspects of administration and advanced uses of IT. Pupils will be able to utilise the acquired administration and IT related knowledge, understanding and skills at home, in the wider community and, ultimately, in employment.

Pupils will develop a range of skills, including the ability to use a range of functions in – word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing and presentation. They will be encouraged to take responsibility for key administrative tasks and they will acquire the skills needed to organise, manage and communicate relatively complex information.

The course is a blend of applied, experiential learning and related theory and uses real-life contests, which makes it relevant to the world of work. Its uniqueness lies in enabling pupils to work towards industry standards in IT in an administration related context.

The course aims to enable pupils to:

• develop knowledge and understanding of administration in the workplace and its importance
• develop a range of advanced IT skills for processing and managing information
• develop a range of skills to communicate complex information effectively, making appropriate use of IT
• acquire skills in managing the organisation of events

Preferred Entry Requirements

• N5 Administration and IT, or
• The course is available as a crash for highly motivated S6 pupils – pupils interested in this option should consult with Mrs Crichton.

Course Structure and Content

The course is comprised of 3 units:

Administrative Theory and Practice

This is a theory-based unit which covers the factors required in an effective administrative function. It includes areas such as strategies for effective time and task management, workplace legislation, team-working and customer care.

IT Solutions for Administrators

Skills in IT are developed during this unit. Pupils will use a range of programs to analyse, process and manage information.

Communication in Administration

The practical IT skills developed in this unit enable pupils to research and communicate complex information to others.

External Assessment:

Assignment – 70 marks

This is a practical assignment which will assess the pupil’s ability to apply their problem solving and advanced IT skills in the context of a complex scenario.

Exam – 30 marks

Written exam

ADMINISTRATION AND IT NATIONAL 5

General

The key purpose of this course is to develop pupils’ administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations in administrative positions.

The course is practical in nature. The skills acquired will enable pupils to organise, manage and communicate information, to carry out administrative tasks and to organise and support events.

The course aims to enable pupils to:

• develop knowledge and understanding of administration in the workplace
• develop knowledge and understanding of key legislation affecting both organisations and employees
• develop an understanding of good customer care and its benefits to organisations
• develop IT skills and use them to perform administrative tasks
• acquire organisational skills in the context of organising and supporting events

Preferred Entry Requirements

• N4 Administration and IT, or
• The course is available as a crash for well motivated S5 and S6 pupils – those interested in this option should consult with Mrs Crichton

Course Structure and Content

The course is comprised of 3 units:

Administrative Practices

The purpose of this theory-based unit is to give learners a broad introduction to administration in the workplace.

IT Solutions for Administrators

This unit develops pupils’ skills in IT, problem-solving and organising and managing information. Use is made of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. The unit will allow emerging technologies to be incorporated so as to ensure that its content remains current and relevant.

Communication in Administration

This unit enables pupils to use IT for gathering and sharing information with others. Information will be prepared using multimedia and desktop publishing as appropriate.

External Assessment:

Assignment – 100 marks

This is a practical IT based assignment which is completed in class-time and is marked externally by SQA.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HIGHER

Business Management is a subject which is at the very heart of contemporary society. Almost everyone comes into contact with business every day as consumers, employees or employers. What businesses do affects everyone in society and has an impact on how they live their lives.

The study of Business Management at higher level enables pupils to understand the role and operation of business, to develop analytical skills and to apply these skills to business situations. This should benefit all pupils whether or not they go on to follow a career in business.

The course focuses on analysis of the key functional areas of business, such as finance, marketing and human resource management. It also highlights the use and operation of ICT in business decision-making.

Recommended Entry

• N5 Business Management, or
• Crash H Grade Business Management is available for well-motivated S6 pupils who have passed H English. Acceptance onto the course will be subject to discussion with Mrs Crichton.

Course Structure and Content

The course is comprised of 3 units –

• Business Enterprise
• Business Decision Areas: Marketing and Operations
• Business Decision Areas: Finance and Human Resource Management

Each of the units is assessed upon completion.

External Assessment

One written paper – 2 ½ hours

Section 1 – (50 marks)

Compulsory case study with a number of interpretation questions

Section 2 – (50 marks)

Two extended written questions from a choice of 5.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT NATIONAL 5

General

The purpose of this course is to highlight the ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This purpose will be achieved through combining practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through the use of real-life business contexts.

The course introduces pupils to the dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environment of industry and commerce. It develops skills in communicating and presenting business-related information, in a variety of formats, to the various stakeholders of an organisation.

Preferred Entry Requirements

• N4 Business, or
• The course is available as a crash for well-motivated S5 or S6 pupils – those interested in this option should consult with Mrs Crichton.

Course Structure and Content

The course is comprised of 3 units, the main components of which are detailed below:

Understanding Business

• understanding of how entrepreneurship supports business development
• ability to communicate how organisations generate wealth and satisfy customers’ needs
• understanding of key business terms and concepts

Management of People and Finance

• human resource and financial management – terms, concepts and application in familiar contexts

Management of Marketing and Operations

• knowledge and understanding of factors influencing management of marketing and operations and understanding of key business terms and concepts relating to these areas

External Assessment:

Assignment (30 marks)

The assignment gives pupils an opportunity to select a business topic and research information on it. They then apply their knowledge and understanding of business concepts to explain key features of the topic.

They will produce an appropriately formatted business report suitable for the purpose, intended audience and context of the assignment.

The assignment is marked by SQA.

Exam (70 marks)

Written exam, all questions compulsory.